2019 Halias Safety Symposium

2019 Halias Safety Symposium

"Safe Campuses Make Safe Communities"

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

University of New Hampshire Campus in Durham, NH

 

 

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About Nicholas J. Halias
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Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Event Description

The 4th Annual Halias Safety Symposium is hosted by the University of New Hampshire, the Community College System of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire College and University Council.  This event will be held on Thursday, August 15th at UNH in Durham, NH.  Last year’s event provided valuable education on Mental Health Awareness and featured John T. Broderick, Jr., former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice. The individuals in attendance at the 2018 Halias Symposium included law enforcement, health providers, first responders, community partners, legislators, college and university faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the state. 

The theme for this year’s symposium is Behavioral Health Intervention: Recognizing and Responding to Mental Health Crisis in the Moment, with a focus on suicide prevention and assistance. Suicide threats, attempts and the misuse of alcohol and drugs have become an increasing concern for colleges, law enforcement, health providers, and community partners. College campuses have seen a drastic increase in the amount of services needed for mental health emergencies over the past few years.  Many college campuses are becoming overwhelmed and lack the necessary resources to help students deal with the stress and anxiety they are experiencing. This year’s safety symposium’s goal is to provide attendees with the tools that will assist them in achieving that goal.

Online Registration

Registration is open, please click here to register. Participation in this event is limited to 350, so please be sure to register as early as possible.

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available based on your professional association's requirements.

If you registered and can no longer attend the Symposium or have any questions regarding the Symposium, please contact Allison Jean at Allison.Jordan@unh.edu or (603) 862-1427.

Who Should Attend?

The target audience includes, but is not limited to: college/university presidents, faculty, student affairs professionals, behavioral intervention team members, campus public safety, local and state law enforcement, residence life professionals, para-professionals and mental health partners.  Any individual who directly supports student success on college campuses across the state are welcome to attend.

There is no cost to participate in this event, thanks to the generosity of the Symposium sponsors.  If you would like to donate to this event, please review the Sponsorship Opportunities at the bottom of this page.

Schedule

Note:  This agenda and schedule is subject to change.

Time Session Location at UNH
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

Memorial Union Building Granite State Room

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Nicholas J. Halias Award Presentation

UNH Police Chief Paul Dean
CCSNH Trustee John Stevens
UNH President James W. Dean Jr.
Former NH Supreme Court Justice, John T. Broderick, Jr.
Governor John Sununu

Memorial Union Building Granite State Room

8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

This is How it Feels: Attempting Suicide and Finding Life

Craig A. Miller, Author, This is How it Feels 

Memorial Union Building Granite State Room
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Break

Memorial Union Building Lobby / Food Court
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Connect Suicide Prevention and Postvention Program 

Elaine de Mello, Connect Supervisor of Training and Prevention Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NH

Memorial Union Building Theater 1
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns

Dulcinea Kaufman, Director/Chair: Department of Nursing at Great Bay Community College 
 
Memorial Union Building Theater 2
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Holloway Commons
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Connect Suicide Prevention and Postvention Program 

Elaine de Mello, Connect Supervisor of Training and Prevention Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NH

Memorial Union Building Theater 2
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns

Dulcinea Kaufman, Director/Chair: Department of Nursing at Great Bay Community College
 
Memorial Union Building Theater 1
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Break

Memorial Union Building Lobby / Food Court
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mental Health Awareness

Justin Spencer, Recycled Percussion & Chaos and Kindness

Memorial Union Building Granite State Room
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Conclusion and Next Steps

UNH Chief of Police, Paul Dean
CCSNH Trustee, John Stevens

Memorial Union Building Granite State Room

 

Keynote and Break Out Speakers

The Nicholas J. Halias Safety Symposium is pleased to present several dynamic national and local speakers.

Morning Keynote Speaker:  Craig A. Miller 

Author, This is How it Feels : Attempting Suicide and Finding Life

Craig A. Miller

Craig Miller is a member of The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and The American Association of Suicidology. He is trained in both SafeTALK and ASIST.

Craig was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at age fifteen. His compulsions spanned the entire spectrum of categorized behaviors including washing, checking, counting, and self-harming.

For years he lived in a constant state of fear and depression, isolated from the world under the complete control of his OCD and the anxiety associated with it. But despite the overwhelming power OCD had over Craig, there was one thing that was off limits to his intrusive thoughts and compulsive behavior-- writing. As a result Craig began writing constantly, expressing his pain through song lyrics and poetry. He carried a pen with him always. And more often than not he used the scraps of paper he collected on the side of the road to write his words. 

By the time he reached twenty-years-old, his life's traumas, as well as his battle with mental health issues had taken a toll on him. And one night while sitting on the edge of a rented bed, he attempted to end his life. For three days that followed he lay in the Intensive Care Unit fighting a battle to start over. His triumph over this battle would prove to change his life forever.

Today, Craig is free from OCD and the mental illness that once plagued him. He has found peace in his life's events and overcome the odds to leave his past behind. But despite everything he has broken ties with, writing has been the one thing to remain with him through it all.

After self-publishing his memoir, This is How it Feels, in July of 2012, Craig joined The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and began speaking out about his suicide attempt and his battles with mental health issues. Since then, he has shared his story with hundreds of people, speaking at bookstores, charity events, and public events as well as at The Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Conference. He has also written blogs for The American Association of Suicidology’s Attempt Survivor Blog: “Not once was I asked if I wanted to live” and “The only thing that had not changed was me”.

Craig’s insight into his mental health issues and the steps he took to overcome them has not only helped those who also struggle, but it has provided valuable information to professionals in the mental health field as well. In January, 2013 Craig gave a filmed interview where he talks in depth about these areas. This interview has been used in a training program for mental health clinicians and is planned to be rolled out nationwide. 

In his struggle to overcome adversity Craig has learned the incredible power in finding our life’s passion. He believes that, “it is in our passion that we find our purpose.” Craig is currently working on his next book- a follow-up to This is How it Feels that documents the steps he took to move forward in life. 

Break Out Speaker:  Elaine de Mello

Connect Supervisor of Training and Prevention Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NH

 

Elaine de Mello 

Elaine de Mello is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the mental health field since 1978 as a clinical program manager in inpatient and community settings; she also served as an emergency services clinician and director of Quality Improvement. Additionally, Elaine worked for seven years as a school counselor and currently teaches on the faculty at Plymouth State University and as a Child Impact Program teacher at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center. Elaine has worked full time with NAMI NH since 1999 where she had a lead role in the development of the Connect Suicide Prevention and Postvention Program, a national best practice. Elaine has provided training and consultation in mental health and suicide prevention throughout the United States and Canada in a variety of settings including state and tribal entities, community coalitions, schools and campuses, health care facilities, and military and paramilitary organizations.  She serves as a trainer for the NH Police Standards and Training Council, and is also a master trainer in AMSR, CALM and Connect and is certified in conducting psychological autopsies through the American Association of Suicidology.  Elaine serves on the NH Suicide Fatality Review Committee and has been the co-chair of the NH Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly since 2003. She serves on the national faculty for Zero Suicide. Elaine is a 2012 recipient of the NH State Suicide Prevention Award.

Break Out Speaker: Dulcinea Kaufman

Director/Chair: Department of Nursing at Great Bay Community College

 

 
Dulcinea Kaufman

Dulcinea Kaufman has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of psychiatric-mental health nursing and post-secondary education. Her initial Nursing education was at Simmons University. She pursued graduate studies at Northeastern University where she earned a Master of Science with a double concentration in administration and psychiatric-mental health nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has held a variety of positions as a staff nurse both inpatient and outpatient and has held national certifications as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. Dulcinea has been teaching since 2003 in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes. She is the Director/Chair of the Department of Nursing at Great Bay Community College where she is a member of the CARE/BIT team. Dulcinea has been a member of the Seacoast Pathways Board of Directors since 2016.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Justin Spencer

Recycled Percussion & Chaos and Kindness

 

Justin Spencer 

 

About Nicholas J. Halias 

Nick Halias was a retired New Hampshire State Police Major, former UNH Chief of Police, member of the CCSNH Board of Trustees, Adjunct Professor, and lifelong advocate for campus and public safety.  The Safety Symposium is established in honor of his commitment to higher education and his dedication to safety and security throughout his professional career.

 

Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

 

PAUL & ANNA GRACE HOLLOWAY - In honor of Nick Halias and his many years of distinguished service to the State of NH

 

          

 

Gold Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Nicholas J. Halias Safety Symposium will be held on an annual basis.  If you wish to learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact Bill Thomas at CCSNH, bthomas@ccsnh.edu or (603) 230-3516.

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities